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What Next for Glasgow?

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014 Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014 Time: 07:45 - 09:15 Location: The Corinthian Club, Glasgow

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Now that the Commonwealth Games are past and the party is over, what does the future hold for Glasgow, its economy and its business community?

At our October breakfast guest speaker Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce asked the question what should the leadership of the city and its business community be doing next to exploit what Glasgow achieved during the Games?

Stuart made the case that we need to recognise why Glasgow is one of Europe’s important economic powerhouses and that we should stop thinking and talking about our city as a community requiring regeneration.  He argued that accepting that case and taking the message out to the world is a role for the city’s business leaders.

Stuart explained to the 100 strong audience ten reasons why Glasgow is now an economic powerhouse:

  • Glasgow has economic size and size matters
  • Glasgow is a bright city second only to London in the top ten large UK cities for the people’s skills
  • Glasgow has a strong track record of co-ordinated, ambitious leadership
  • Glasgow has a diverse economy
  • Glasgow is the renewables capital of Scotland
  • Glasgow is a thriving financial and business services centre
  • Glasgow has a large and distinctive life sciences industry
  • Our engineering sector is right back at the heart of Glasgow’s economy
  • We have a world class education business
  • Our tourism industry is robust and with great growth potential particularly following the phenomenal success of the Commonwealth Games

He also spoke about the success of the six main industries that are helping to shape Glasgow:

  • Low carbon
  • Engineering design and manufacturing
  • Financial and business services
  • Higher and further education
  • Life sciences
  • Tourism

Glasgow also retains many of its graduate students and is fast becoming a magnet for talent.

Stuart’s presentation was very uplifting and there are certainly many opportunities for businesses to get involved in Glasgow’s success now and in the future, and with the new city brand ‘People Make Glasgow’ we have the support of the city hear and overseas.

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